All posts tagged: parable of sheep and goats

Whatever you do for the least of these…

The photo of that woman has not dimmed in my mind since I first saw it a week ago, a few days after another refugee boat capsized north of Christmas Island. The petite woman wore a scarf over her hair, there was a tag hanging from her wrist – probably with processing information for Customs authorities, and her face was furrowed with grief. Because strapped around her torso was a baby carrier that dominated the image due to the absence of its contents. It was empty. We were told that a baby boy, not yet one year old, was pulled from the choppy seas that day, drowned, and another eight people were missing. Such a sad day. That photo said many things to me. It showed a refugee. A person seeking asylum by illegal means. She was one of about 90 passengers from Iran, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. But strip all complications of her plight and she is simply a woman, a mother, a daughter, a friend. Like me. She’s all that and she’s alone, grieving the death of …